Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Life

Yesterday, my attitude was rotten.  I really did not have a good reason, but I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.  I was negative, and I shared my negativity.  That is something that I always deeply regret.

I came home and ate an ice cream sandwich with my boys.  Then I chased them in the yard with the water hose.  Their little dripping heads and chocolate grins always make things better.  Children truly are a gift from the Lord.

I took the water hose and went to water the garden (that really just looks like piles of dirt right now).  I have been telling the children to just let the water and sun do their job, and God would grow the seeds. But even I have wondered if any signs of life were going to pop through the dirt.  It always feels somewhat strange to water dirt.  I admit that I have been standing there and wetting the soil wondering to myself if those seeds really would make good on their hopeful promise.  We even pray in the evenings before bed that God would bless our garden.

And just before I turned the nozzle on, I noticed this.

And this...

And all around the piles of dirt, little green specks were popping up through the ground in perfectly planted rows.  There in the mud was new life. 

To me, that is quite miraculous.  

Just before bed in my quiet time, I thought about the miracle of new life.  I thought about my failures and shortcomings.  I shared with God how I often feel weak and incapable.  I know I am full of a sinful nature.  I felt regretful for the way I felt and spoke that day.  

This morning, all I could think about was how all things in Earth point to our Creator.  From the dirt rises new life.  From the dirt of my sinful nature, rises new hope and promise that God is growing His seeds in my life.  I have to keep watering my soul.  I have to find strength in the Son, and if I do those things He promises to make me new.  He promises that the old way in me will eventually die. That one day the harvest will come, and despite the weeds and snares trying to make my heart barren....the fruit will grow.  

There will be new life. In the dirt of life, green shoots of hope will spring forth.  

"And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11

B Charmer

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Treasure Hunting

While we have been in our home for a couple of months, I am just now getting to the fun part.  For many weeks, I was living in a hospital most of the time, and the house just sort of sat there waiting for me to come and make it ours.

There are many things I'd like to to do or change, but I am learning to just enjoy the space for awhile.  I am learning to love the old hand-me-down sofa and chairs, and just be cozy with my house full of boys.  But...I do love pretty things.  I have long-suppressed dreams of being a designer that works with gorgeous furniture and drapery.  In a dream-world my house would look like Iris's cottage in the movie, The Holiday.  A cozy English cottage I do not have, but I do have a little cottage of my own that I can take my time with and make it ours a bit more each day.

I like to find little treasures.  I am having fun shopping second-hand stores, and I was utterly thrilled to find my two matching end tables for the awesome price of $12.50 each!  Then of course, I had to find lamps and new curtains and other fun things.  In one Saturday afternoon I was able to put my living room together for about $50.00.

I realized I took these pictures before I put the bookshelves in a decent order, and I think I see the tags still on the lamps (which all have been addressed now).  I might have been a bit excited, but it is so nice to feel like one room is coming together.  I am however utterly stuck when it comes to the strange track lighting left for us from previous owners.  It is not centered in the room, it looks somewhat like a landing strip as there are two sets of these things (not pictured), and there is not a single light in any store that I have found to replace these with that looks any better!  It distresses me.  I will prevail eventually.  I also want to tackle my odd fireplace wall...there are some interesting mixes of styles going on that wall.  There were fake glass-block windows on either sides of the fire place.  The entire wall was painted a pink-orange shade.  It was all over the place.  It already looks better, but I still have work to do on that wall as well.  But...I like that kind of work!

I still have things to do in the living room, but we are getting there.  This Saturday, I shall tackle the dining room! Oh, and I already am ahead as I purchased my dining set in a grocery store parking lot for $90!  Table for six...Yes please!!

See you soon friends!

B Charmer

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